Posts tagged ‘Alternative’

March 30, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Nuns of the Tundra

Stoner metal riffs with the accelerator jammed to the floor are at the heart of “Low” by Nuns of the Tundra, but it’s the 90’s era alternative rock vocals and overall approach that makes the band stand out from the hazed and dazed rank and file desert rockers out there. If someone told us that combining Kyuss with Hum would work, and work this well, we’d be skeptical but here it is in full rocking glory.

March 23, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Lauran Hibberd

Holy hell do we love this. “How Am I Still Alive?” by Lauran Hibberd harkens back to such great 90’s female fronted grunge / alt rock bands as The Muffs, Letters to Cleo and that dog – and until this moment we didn’t realize how much we’ve missed that sound. The classic quiet verse / loud chorus structure, a big sing along-able hooky chorus, the girl power lyrics declaring happiness in independence, this one hits every mark dead on. If this is the sign of on oncoming revival of this part of the alt rock landscape then by all means sign us up.

March 13, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Our inbox blooms because (Jeff Goldblum voice) new music…uh…finds a way. Check out new tunes from Nisa, Phantom Wave, Real Kevin, Rory Ryan, Souls in Motion, elsa kennedy, Phaeic, Brig Aurora, Vision Video and OK Cool.

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March 10, 2021

The B-Side: Hinny

“Sometimes” is a catchy upbeat indie rock number that marries the classic alternative pop smarts of The Lemonheads with a dash and a half of the driving energy of Superchunk, and Hinny is a band of three lads who look like they’re probably too young to know either one of those bands. Getting older is a drag, but this song ain’t.

March 2, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: The Psychedelic Furs

We cover quite a bit of new music on the blog inspired by The Psychedelic Furs, so it seems only right that we share the new single from the Furs themselves. “Wrong Train” follows the continuation that has been the 40 year evolution of the band’s sound. To everyone’s benefit that evolution hasn’t been a radical change from the group’s original heydey sound, but more of a refining of all of its subtleties and strengths. This is the finest of fine wines and we’re eager for more.

January 29, 2021

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words. 

Today we have new music from Total Rubbish, The Shackups, Mister Goblin, Beige Banquet and Dan Potter Sings.

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January 13, 2021

The Midweekly – Throwing Muses

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

For the record, the first time I listened to a Throwing Muses record was last year. My wife, a long time fan of the Rhode Island band, turned me onto them, and I checked out their 1994 release, Red Heaven. Shortly after, their tenth studio album, Sun Racket, came out. It’s their first in seven years. Taking in two records, decades apart, is a fun and objective way, I’ve found, to be introduced to a band. The voice of Kristin Hersh is a rare one. Raspy vocals inducing a trance, and the melodies that materialize out of that haze are both unconventional and prevailing. Lyrics like fragmented moments from a dream that stick with you after waking up. Great chord progressions, and a solid rhythm section serve their purpose for a songwriting foundation, but the true highlight of the production is Hersh’s guitar tone. It’s a fantastic blend of noise and effects, dirty and organic. The frontwoman handled the controls herself on the mixing board. Still proving to be an uncompromised force for that down tempo sound, these pioneers of alternative rock will have you in their sway. 

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